It's not clear how individuals are being targeted. And while they're mostly high-profile people, that doesn't mean there's no lesson for the average person to take away.
Moe Shaik fancies himself as an analyst who can read people well. And yet, he has a rather large blind spot for his leaders – until they fall out with him.
It would be no surprise if Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's claims of the state spying on him turn out to be true. After all, state spy agencies have been abused before in ANC factional battles.
South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, claims the intelligence services are being used to discredit him and prevent him becoming the country's next leader.
While this latest storm over intelligence sharing is far from unique, the leaks into the Manchester attack investigation are of a different order.